You can almost smell the history in the earth as you visit her national parks and watch the graceful antelope and hear the herds of Wilderbeest thundering across the savannah in front of you. And on the hill in the distance, could that be Shaka the Zulu and his Impi appearing on the horizon?Shaka the Zulu
With the sumptuous array of wines and liquors available in South Africa from her own vineyards and resources, it would be a wonderful gift idea for many people and circumstances.
Wild Africa Liquor gift from Corporate Gifts Boston - South Africa collection.
If meeting a known Zulu for the first time , the classic Zulu greeting ‘ Sawubona’ or ‘I see you ‘ would be well met. Many would know this phrase irrespective of Tribe so a nice little greeting to memorize. The response would be ‘Yebo, Sawubona’ or ‘Yes I see you too’. Nothing brings a smile to peoples’ faces more than an attempt to greet in a native tongue anywhere in the world!
Open gifts immediately, there is no delays needed. Use both hands to offer or the right, not the left, incase religion not known.
Flowers are always a great idea and from my own memories, the beauty and diversity of the flowers in the urban areas was outstanding. Carnations can be linked to funerals, so may be the only one to take care with.
Many people are quite naïve about what is available in
Gifts from home will always be a winner, so if it is possible to bring a souvenir into the country, do so if visiting. Great ideas would be coffee table books.
There is no expectations here for lavish presents in general, but this is a very polite society, so send thank you notes or e mails after your visit or after receiving gifts in return. Also try to be on time.
The 21st and 40th birthdays are the most largely celebrated, so these would be worth noting if invites extended to family parties. Splash out a little more and the wrapping should have more effort for these events.
A little bit of Romance from Corporate gifts Boston - South Africa collection
Traditional Zulu weddings involve giving and receiving of cows, blankets, mats with beadwork which is so typical to the Zulu traditions. But in this day and age, electronic gifts and home or kitchen wares are practical and certainly well received. If you receive an invite to a local wedding, be sure not to miss it. One I attended had the most marvelous music, singing and dancing and there was not an instrument in sight. Melody and rhythm seem to be a natural given in this part of the world.Food and drink in general would be acceptable, with care on religious differences along with personalized gifts in a Business setting. Monogrammed pens, folders and the like would be a wonderful idea.
After becoming good friends in
Not only the heat of the African sun, but the warmth of the people will melt your heart and bring you back time and time again. Not forgetting , of course, the wines whose grapes are ripened under those African skies…………